Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Cookies Are Baking While Bing Crosby Sings Along

Hello's just after five in the afternoon, and my small second story apartment smells so like the holidays as I pop tray after tray of cookies into my oven.  Peanut Butter Cookie dough is in the fridge stiffening up as are the Ginger Gems.  Hopefully will have some of the later in the oven at just after six.

In the mean time, one of my favorites from childhood are Johnny Apple Seeds and they are done, cooled and laid delicately into a tray meant too hold an abundance of Holiday Treats.  For those wanting to experiment a bit, going to share the recipe below.

Johnny Apple Seeds

1/2 cup butter (or shortening)
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (I like Mott's)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves


Cream butter (shortening) and sugar together.  Add in the applesauce and blend until smooth.  Blend all dry ingredients in separate bowl and sift.  Add sifted ingredients to butter mixture slowly (I like to do this by hand rather than using a mixer), then add nuts and raisins.

Drop onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart, then sprinkle with sugar (optional) and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 12 minutes.